CMCRC PILOT STUDY FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

The Centers for Medical Countermeasures against Radiation Consortium (CMCRC) is now accepting applications for pilot projects.

See CMCRC pilot project application instructions and forms.

 

Application due date: April 1, 2022

 

Anticipated project start date: August 1, 2022

 

Pilot project funding is intended to

  • Foster novel/early ideas within and outside awarded CMCRCs 
  • Develop or incorporate new technologies as they become available
  • Encourage collaborations among members of different centers and between the CMCRC and outside investigators (although research collaborations with existing centers are not required)
  • Allow maximum flexibility for the advancement of exciting high-risk, high-reward projects

 

NEWS OF NOTE 

·    RRS 2021 Meeting Highlights. RRS Members can access a free online course featuring highlights from the 2021 Annual Meeting. This course contains some of the most popular and well-received lectures featured in the Radiation Research Society's 2021 Annual Meeting, Connected by Science. If you want to see even more, you can purchase access to all lecture recordings as well.

  • Virtual International Conference on Radiation Medicine.  The conference program and all related information for the meeting is now available. There were 5 sessions dedicated to EPR-relevant topics, look for Sessions called "Radiation Protection, Radiobiology and Emergency Response” 

COOL NIH NEWS AND INFORMATION

 

·         Understand Circumstances for Adjustments to Application Budget Requests. Learn the reasons why the approved budget listed in your Notice of Award may differ from what you requested in your application.

 

·         NOT-OD-22-076 — Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative AgreementsThe direct salary maximum for individuals under NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards issued on or after Jan. 2, 2022 has increased to $203,700 per the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which restricts the amount of direct salary to Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale.

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

  • Microbial-based Cancer Imaging and Therapy - Bugs as Drugs (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits grant applications proposing to utilize bacteria, archaebacteria, bacteriophages, or other non-oncolytic viruses and their natural products to study the underlying mechanisms of the complex interactions between microorganisms, tumors, and the immune system, and to explore their clinical potential for cancer imaging, therapeutics or diagnostics. Projects can focus on using microorganisms as anti-tumor agents, as activators of anti-tumor immunity, or as delivery vehicles for treatment, diagnosis, or imaging, complementing or synergizing with existing tools and approaches. This FOA will support basic mechanistic and preclinical studies in cell culture and animal models. Applicants are encouraged to address both the microbial and tumor aspects of microbial tumor interactions relevant to microbial-based cancer therapy (including therapies for oral cancer), tumor imaging, tumor detection, or diagnosis. 

 

·     New NIH Administrative Supplements Available to Support Diversity Mentorship. NIH is pleased to announce the availability of a new NIH administrative supplement that recognizes the crucial role outstanding mentors play in fostering future leaders in the biomedical research enterprise. Qualified investigators can now submit proposals in response to the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD)-led Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) NOT-OD-22-057: Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship. Proposals are due by April 7, 2022.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

EPR BioDose, March, 28-30, 2022,  ONLINE

hosted by Okayama University of Science, Japan

 

The EPR BioDose conference, originally planned to be held in 2020, will now be held in a virtual format in March 2022 and an in-person meeting in Summer 2022 (details to be

announced). The local organizing committee of the March EPR BioDose 2022 would like to welcome attendees into the interactive and exciting world of cyber space! We will be enjoying a virtual meeting with colleagues which will be different from previous meetings but promises to be fun nonetheless.  More details at: http://iaberd.org/EPRBioDose2020/index.html

 

Important Dates for the on-line meeting

  • Deadline for the abstract for presentations: Feb. 7, 2022
  • Deadline for early online registrations: Feb. 14, 2022
  • Deadline for online registrations: Mar. 20, 2022
  • Conference: Mar. 28-30, 2022
  • Deadline for paper submissions: June 30, 2022

 

 

  • RNCP June Meeting Save-The-Date

Radiation-Induced Multi-Organ Injury Workshop (June 7-8, 2022), Rockville, MD. Exposure to ionizing radiation and its ensuing damage has a global impact on the human body. The effects of radiation are pleiotropic, with both acute and chronic changes. The workshop is intended to address multiple organ injury and some of the early effects of radiation that lead to that outcome. This workshop brings together researchers in radiation injury and the medical community to explore radiation-induced multi-organ injury. Presentations and discussions will define multi-organ injury and delineate mechanisms driving injury. The workshop will also highlight currently available animal models and their use in the development of treatment for radiation-induced multi-organ dysfunction. *The intent is to host an in-person workshop and provide a remote attendance option; however, we will also be evaluating the COVID situation to decide if we need to have a virtual workshop*

 

 

  • SAVE THE DATE -  RITN 2022 Workshop: Past Informing the Present Past Improving the Plan. August 4-5, 2022, Alexandria, VA. The Radiation Injury Treatment Network seeks to increase the understanding of and preparedness for the medical, environmental, and psychological consequences of a mass casualty radiological/nuclear incident for healthcare professionals. The 2022 RITN workshop will (1) highlight recent developments in Covid pandemic response and applicable lessons we have learned, (2) review and disseminate novel radiation countermeasures and dosimetry, (3) discuss optimizing triage and on the ground federal resources, (4) present strategies to ensure the availability and appropriate use of medical and psycho-social supportive care and resilience, and (5) explore applying telemedicine as a force multiplier for care and education. Additionally, the workshop will encourage open sharing of lessons learned from past efforts. Abstracts for oral presentation will be accepted beginning in early 2022. Go to www.ritn.net for future updates and announcements.

 

  • ASTRO Annual Meeting - October 23 - 26, 2022

Don't forget: Call for Abstracts is open for the #ASTRO22 Annual Meeting and we invite you to submit abstracts from all aspects of oncology, #RadOnc and radiation therapy for non-oncologic conditions. View the abstract guidelines and submit by March 1. https://www.astro.org/Meetings-and-Education/Micro-Sites/2022/Annual-Meeting/Learn/Abstracts

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

Article: “Wavelength-dependent DNA Photodamage in a 3-D human Skin Model over the Far-UVC and Germicidal UVC Wavelength Ranges from 215 to 255 nm”

 

Dr. David J Brenner and colleagues report that the use of far-UVC radiation can safely reduce the risk of airborne disease transmission in occupied locations. [Photochem Photobiol. 2022 Feb 1.]

 

David Welch, Marilena Aquino de Muro, Manuela Buonanno, David J Brenner

 

Read more:

“Wavelength-dependent DNA Photodamage in a 3-D human Skin Model over the Far-UVC and Germicidal UVC Wavelength Ranges from 215 to 255 nm”

 

 

Job Opportunities 

 

·         Open Rank, Term Tenure Track - Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology – MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. Inviting applications from researchers for a term tenure-track, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor position. Research areas should focus on translational approaches ranging from genetics, cell biology and biochemistry to proteomics and system biology.  The department seeks to complement existing programs in DNA repair, cell cycle control, growth and proliferation, stem cell biology and epigenetics, especially related to translational research in radiation oncology.

 

·         Assistant Professor (East Carolina University - Greenville, North Carolina). The Department of Physics invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in experimental biomedical radiation physics beginning August 16, 2022. We seek candidates to establish a vigorous, independent and externally funded research program in experimental physics with biological or medical applications of radiation. Candidates whose research complements existing research programs in the Department are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and engage undergraduate and graduate students in research. Service to the university, community, and profession is expected. 

 

·         Senior Lecturer in Pre-Clinical and Translational Radiotherapy Research. The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Withington, Manchester. Applications invited from individuals with substantial research experience in pre-clinical models, small animal radiotherapy. We would particularly like to hear from individuals with interest in normal tissue toxicity, cancer imaging and/or proton radiobiology. They should have both the ambition and the potential to become a leader in their field at a national and international level. The post includes mandatory development of an independent scientific program of research based on peer-reviewed funding and an undergraduate and post-graduate teaching component.